Quasicharge models of Josephson junction arrays

Wilkinson, S 2019, Quasicharge models of Josephson junction arrays, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Science, RMIT University.


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Title Quasicharge models of Josephson junction arrays
Author(s) Wilkinson, S
Year 2019
Abstract Josephson junction arrays (JJAs) are engineered many-body quantum systems consisting of several superconducting islands connected by thin tunnel barriers - Josephson junctions (JJs). They are of interest both from a fundamental point of view (e.g. addressing questions of macroscopic quantum physics, providing model systems in which to study complex many-body phenomena) and from the prospect of technological applications (e.g. quantum computing, metrology, metamaterials).

In this thesis we present various tools and techniques for the theoretical study of JJAs, and then put these tools to use in the modelling of two particular experiments on JJAs. In our presentation of the physics of JJAs, we emphasise phenomena unique to arrays (i.e. not seen in single junction devices such as qubits).

We investigate charge transport through the the bilinear array, consisting of two linear chains of JJs, and show that it exhibits both Coulomb drag and depinning. We predict new phenomena arising from the interplay between Coulomb drag and depinning at voltages higher than have so far been experimentally reported.

We then turn our attention to recent experiments in which planar JJAs were placed in 3-D microwave cavities, with vortices being injected via an externally applied magnetic eld. We calculate the impedance spectrum using linear response theory, which enables us to see when new vortices enter the system in the form of sharp changes in the resonance frequency.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Science
Subjects Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Condensed Matter; Superconductivity
Keyword(s) superconductivity
Josephson junction
quantum physics
mesoscopic physics
condensed matter physics
quantum engineering
Mathieu's equation
phase transitions
linear response theory
circuit theory
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